Via Rise Miami News:
File this one in the “not that much of a shock” category.
An eagle-eyed South Florida resident happened upon this misspelled street sign in south Miami-Dade County and it is pretty funny.
Rose Reeder said that she has driven past the intersection and noticed the incorrectly spelled Eurkea Drive sign for the past few weeks. The name of the road is really Eureka Drive. (As in “we found it”).
The misspelling finally bugged Reeder enough yesterday for her to stop her car and snap a few pics of the sign. She then posted it on Facebook.
Reeder also said that a county employee saw her Facebook post and forwarded it the Public Works department.
We’ll let you know when (if) the county does anything about it.
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About the AuthorRich Robinson is the CEO and publisher of Rise News. He is also a journalist and a native of Miami. Robinson graduated from the University of Alabama and can be followed on Twitter @RichRobMiami.
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Though Badawi was unlawfully detained in the United States, he has a long history of telling narratives of those searching for freedom through his photographs.
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The globetrotting photographer captures the sensitivity of each moment as the refugees enter and adapt to their new home. He describes the clash of two worlds as the refugees struggle with the relaxed and youthful country of Brazil that is in juxtaposition to the conservative and religious state of Syria.
Through his project, he also realized a troubling truth about the younger generation of Syria.
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